On Sunday 3rd September Felixstowe will celebrate 14 years of Art on the Prom, which attracts thousands of visitors from across the region. The free art festival will take place from 10am to 4.30pm on the Felixstowe seafront between the newly refurbished pier and the Spa Pavilion.
Art on the Prom provides local artists with the opportunity to display and sell their original work to 20,000 visitors at the annual seaside fair. This year, over 120 artists will be exhibiting their work which will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass work, photography, textiles and more. There will also be demonstrations by a weaver and blacksmith.
New to Art on the Prom for 2017 is the opportunity for anyone aged 15 and above to join a free drawing class taught by professional artist Malcolm Cudmore. The 90-minute classes will take place in a marquee in front of The Alex at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Spaces are limited so if you would like to book a place please contact Malcolm on 01986 893291 or email email@example.com.
Another fantastic new addition is the Adnams beer tent, which will be at the bottom of Ranelagh Road steps. There will also be the usual array of delicious refreshments, including Bombay Nite, providing delicious curries, Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum, two Xpresso vans and the famous Peters Ice Cream van, which will be by the Spa Pavilion roundabout.
A special exhibition will feature artwork created by children who took part in workshops with artists Jenny Nutbeem and Bee Farrell. Children from Fairfield Infants, Felixstowe Academy, Colneis Junior School, Trimley St Martin Primary and Thomas Wolsey produced art on the theme of ‘Feasting on Seaside Foods’ using willow, wire, bamboo, beads, wool, empty plastic bottles and recycled materials.
There will also be opportunities to join in the free art activity tents on the green in front of The Alex, popular with children and adults alike.
This year the art workshops are:
Seascape Collage – with paper, tissue,
paints and sand
Corn Dollies – traditional straw weaving
Jitterbug Tiles – using clay, mini-beasts casts and metallic paints
Paint a Picnic – using fabrics and dyes
Weaving – with ribbons, sticks and thread
Entertainment on the day will include music and performances from the Ipswich Hospital Band, J.S. and the Lockerbillies, Felixstowe Harmonies, Skedaddle Ceilidh band, Danegeld Morris Dancers and Bridie the stilt-walking tea lady.
The event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber, at 11am.
Stephen Wyatt, Art on the Prom organiser, said, “We are really looking forward to this year’s Art on the Prom. The event is a great day out for the whole family to enjoy whilst taking in the Felixstowe seaside.”
• Art on the Prom is a non-profit event that relies on volunteers and sponsors. If you would like to help with the planning or to volunteer on the day, please visit www.artontheprom.org. Updates about the event will be posted on Art on the Prom’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ArtOnTheProm.